Change in the Great Basin:
Understanding land cover change in semi-arid environments is critical
because they contain unique, fragile ecosystems, take a long time
to recover from damage, and cover up to 1/3 of land surfaces. The
Great Basin, US, is a dynamic system of ecological communities that
respond to human land use, both past and present, as well as natural
climate variability. Our challenge is to understand how land cover
change today reflects both natural and anthropogenic influence.
Years of Land-Use/land cover Change in Israel:
We are using maps, satellite data, and statistical archives to track
rates of development of open spaces in Israel. Further, we are assessing
the environmental and ecological impact of these changes historically,
and building models to assess future impacts.
Land Use Change in Grafton County, NH:
Using extensive historical and present-day land use/cover data, we
explore the linkages between past and present land use decisions their
impacts on the northern forest ecosystem and the services it provides.